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Chocolate Banana Bread

I don’t know about you, but there are two wonderful things in this world: Chocolate and homemade banana bread, so why not have both? Here is a recipe by Rancho La Puerta.

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This bread is chocolate heaven, really—a rich, dark, dense loaf, made with ripe bananas and pureed prunes, that tastes far more sinful than it really is. Serve warm, sliced thin, with fresh fruit, or freeze for up to one month. 

Makes 1 loaf.

Ingredients

2 cups water

12 ounces pitted prunes

2 medium ripe bananas

2 large eggs

1 cup unbleached all-purpose or whole-wheat flour

½ cup cocoa powder

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

1 cup chopped walnuts

½ cup banana chips, broken into small pieces

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350° degrees F. Lightly butter an 8-cup loaf pan, and line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper.

In a small saucepan, combine the water and prunes and bring to a simmer. Simmer slowly until the prunes are very soft, about 30 minutes. Drain any excess liquid.

Puree the prunes, bananas, and eggs in a blender until smooth.

Sift together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda into a large bowl. Stir in the banana mixture and combine thoroughly. Gently stir in the walnuts, banana chips, and chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean (or with only a bit of melted chocolate chip on it). Turn the loaf out onto a rack to cool, and remove the parchment from the bottom. Cut into thin slices to serve.


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Gingerbread Granola

Happy Holidays! One of the things I love most about the season is celebrating with family and friends as we gather together to share a meal. Are you hosting a festive brunch this year? Bring seasonal flavor to an unexpected breakfast item with this recipe. Just one handful of Gingerbread Granola will have you hooked! Even better, all the ingredients are Vegan approved. All month long, we’ve been sharing our favorite holiday recipes on the Recipe Redo Blog. Visit our last few recipes for more holiday inspiration! Enjoy and Happy Cooking!

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Gingerbread Granola

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups rolled oats (GF for gluten free eaters)
  • 1 3/4 cups raw nuts (I used almonds, pecans and a few walnuts)
  • 3 Tbsp organic cane sugar (or sub extra molasses or maple syrup mixed in with wet ingredients)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch ground cloves (optional)
  • 1/4 cup coconut or olive oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (sub agave, or honey if not vegan)
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • (optional) 1 tsp. vanilla extract

To find full preparation instructions, visit the original recipe on Minimalist Baker. Want more healthy recipes from Minimalist Baker?  You can follow Minimalist Baker on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and  Pinterest.


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Chocolate Mint Avocado Cookies

In the spirit of the Season, we’ve been sharing our favorite Holiday Recipes! This week, we’ve picked the perfect recipe to bake for Holiday Cookie Exchanges. This month more than ever, it can be tempting to indulge in all the Holiday Sweets that surround you. With this recipe, you can have your sweets and share them too – each cookie is only 100 calories! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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Chocolate Mint Avocado Cookies

Ingredients:

For the Cookies:

  • 2 1/2 Cups Oat flour270g
  • 2 tsps Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Avocado mashed (150g)
  • 3/4 Cup Raw Organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 2 Large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 tsps Pure vanilla extract

For the truffle filling:

  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Avocado mashed (86g)
  • 1/2 Cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 Tbsp Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Peppermint extract
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

To find full preparation instructions, visit the original recipe on Food Faith Fitness. Want more healthy recipes from Food Faith Fitness?  You can follow Food Faith Fitness on social media: FacebookTwitter, and  Pinterest.


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“We have to do something right now to empower and educate our older population to keep them healthy and in their homes for as long as possible. ‘Senior Moments’ will help older adults and their caretakers set a path toward wellness and stop the crisis we are heading toward as our older population pressures our healthcare system.”   Debra K

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Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Protein Balls

Happy October! In need of a pick-me-up? Get your pumpkin fix and more energy! Follow this recipe for 5-Ingredient Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Protein Balls that will knock your socks off. You’ll love the easy prep too – just mix all of your ingredients together, shape them in to balls on a cookie sheet and chill. Happy cooking and enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp smooth almond butter
  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

For detailed preparation instructions, you can find the original recipe on Carrots N’ Cake. Love what you taste? Follow Carrots N’ Cake on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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In her quest to “healthify” the nation, Debra K believes there are valuable stories needing to be told.

“We have to do something right now to empower and educate our older population to keep them healthy and in their homes for as long as possible. ‘Senior Moments’ will help older adults and their caretakers set a path toward wellness and stop the crisis we are heading toward as our older population pressures our healthcare system.”   Debra K

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Happy and Healthy July 4th! Grilled Blackberry, Strawberry, Basil and Brie Crisps

Happy 4th of July! As you head out on your travels this weekend, don’t forget to plan your contribution to the cookout! I’m crazy about this Independence Day Inspired appetizer – Grilled Blackberry, Strawberry, Basil and Brie Pizza Crisps. Yum! As far as preparation is concerned, it won’t take long plop these healthy pizza crisps down next to the grill master’s spread! One suggestion – be sure to pick a gluten free or whole wheat pizza dough as your base for the crisps! Altogether, this dish makes for a patriotic and yummy statement for your holiday celebration! Enjoy and Happy Cooking!

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Grilled Blackberry, Strawberry, Basil and Brie Crisps

Ingredients

  • 1/2 (about 1/2 a pound) recipe of your favorite pizza dough
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 16 basil leaves, chopped + divided
  • 8-12 ounces brie, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 3/4 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Balsamic Honey Glaze
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey

For detailed preparation instructions, you can find the original recipe on Half Baked Harvest. Love what you taste? Follow Half Baked Harvest on social media: Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.


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In her quest to “healthify” the nation, Debra K believes there are valuable stories needing to be told.

“We have to do something right now to empower and educate our older population to keep them healthy and in their homes for as long as possible. ‘Senior Moments’ will help older adults and their caretakers set a path toward wellness and stop the crisis we are heading toward as our older population pressures our healthcare system.”   Debra K

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Super Easy “Crack” Fudge

Some might think I need to rename this recipe…but I kind of like skating on the edge.  Seriously,  this is a super duper easy recipe you can whip up in 5 minutes.  If you only want really healthy recipes, you should probably stop reading now …. BUT I have made a few nutritional swaps to make it an easier decision to try them.  As I was poking around my  kitchen seeking to tame an unruly sweet tooth, I decided to whip up a quick fudge.  What I have done is swap a few ingredients to make this gluten free, vegan and free of dairy and peanuts. So if you’re feeling daring and not counting calories today, give this quick recipe a try.

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Ingredients for a SMALL batch:  (Figured a small batch means I could eat it all – try doubling if making for more than yourself)

  • 1/4 C Vegan butter (I use the soy free version pictured)
  • 1/4 C Sunflower seed butter (I like salted and crunchy)

Place these two ingredients in a pan and heat on low until all melted.

  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1 C Powdered Sugar

Remove pan from heat. Add in vanilla and powdered sugar and blend until smooth and creamy.  Pour and pat down into a flat glass container.  If you wet your fingers you can pat down quite easily. Chill. Demolish.

Seriously, how easy was that?

Enjoy!  Debra